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Cloud for Africa: Microsoft Azure Region in Africa Going Live Within Weeks

Over a year or more, Microsoft reported that it would convey two new data centres situated in South Africa, South Africa North in Johannesburg and South Africa West in Cape Town.

Presently, year and a half later, Microsoft South Africa’s Director of Commercial Partners, Lionel Moyal, has reported that the two Azure datacenter locales are expected to go live “within weeks” towards the end of 2018.

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Calling the centres “a cloud for Africa”, he noticed that “latency won’t be an issue any more.”

The declaration pursues Amazon saying in October 2018 that AWS was to open Data Centers in South Africa by 2020.

Lionel was addressing business people and new companies at the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018 in South Africa, where he urged specialists to skill up in cloud technologies, machine learning, AI, mobile technologies, development tools, noted that he anticipated that South Africa would include 112,000 IT explicit jobs by 2022.

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Image Functionality for Microsoft’s Sticky Notes App Coming Soon

Recently, Microsoft’s Jen Gentleman teased some upcoming image functionality for the Sticky Notes app earlier yesterday on her Twitter account.

Sticky Notes App image functionality

The tweet simply read, “What say you?  #WindowsInsiders” and was accompanied by an image of the feature in action on three different sticky notes. The hashtag used obviously implies that Windows Insiders will get to test images in Sticky Notes before the functionality is rolled out to the average user.

The modern Sticky Notes app began as a lightweight alternative to OneNote but has been gaining more and more features recently, making it a potential future rival for the latter.

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Microsoft to Release Google G Suite to Office365 Migration Tool

Microsoft is readying tools to help customers migrate from G Suite to Office 365 which could be available by the second quarter of 2019.

Microsoft added to its Office 365 roadmap last week mention of a coming Google G Suite to Office 365 “migration experience.” The offering is in development and will be ready by Q2 calendar 2019, according to the roadmap.

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G Suite office365 migration

Here’s the roadmap entry, in full:

“We’ve heard the feedback and we’re excited to announce the new G Suite migration experience which will allow you to directly migrate email, calendar and contacts from Google G Suite to Office 365! Our highly secure solution ensures your data is directly migrated to Office 365, with no resting points along the way. We’re also adding support for migrating mailbox in batches.”

As Morgan noted, Google already has an Exchange migration tool. And while admins already can migrate IMAP mailboxes from G Suite using migration endpoints, but this option doesn’t migrate contacts or calendar items in an automated way, Morgan noted.

On Petri.com, Tony Redmond wonders whether the reason Microsoft is finally working on these migration tools is because migration from the Exchange on-premises installed base to Office 365 is tailing off and Microsoft needs “more fuel to maintain its growth.”

There’s no word on when Microsoft will show off a preview of this coming tool.

Culled from ZDNet

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Google Is Retiring Its Old G Suite Contacts App next Year

Google launched a Material Design variant of its Contacts web app in 2015, and now the firm has refreshed it with its new Google theme and is moving it out of preview shortly.

In a blog post (and an email sent to G Suite subscribers), Google has indicated that it will banish the older contacts web app by February of 2019.

We haven’t been told about the timeline for non-G Suite users, but it is very likely that Google is working on the same schedule for consumers.

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G Suite Contact App

In any case, by January 15, 2019, Google will begin offering the new contacts by default, users will be able to opt out, but just for a month. By February 15, there would be no more option to revert. Google will be turning off the old version completely.

For what it’s worth, Google’s contact app is an excellent management app with Gmail integration. It doesn’t quite have all the bells and whistles Microsoft’s redesigned Outlook contacts app does, but one can argue it hardly needs them.

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Your Microsoft Sticky Notes Can Be Accessed via a Browser Anywhere Anytime

Microsoft has finally released the web version of Microsoft Sticky Notes. Your Sticky Notes can be accessed at https://www.onenote.com/stickynotes and all notes will be sync with all devices using the same Microsoft account.

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The web version functions more or less the same as the Windows 10 Sticky Notes app by enabling you to alter the note’s colour from the top-right corner menu but at the same time includes some text formatting options as well along the bottom of the screen. Unfortunately, there’s no support for handwritten notes with neither touch nor Surface Pen currently working but typing works fine.

Do you think you’ll ever use Sticky Notes on the web instead of the official app?

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